The War Memorial was the spot of this couples’ first date – so it was the perfect choice for their wedding! They wanted a fun, kid-friendly event and did exactly that.
For just over $20,000 they had an amazing wedding at the War Memorial Center. In addition, they brought in some great vendors to make the whole day come together perfectly.
MIM Family Used
As always, we were excited to hear they used several Married In Milwaukee Family Members, including:
- Photos: Heidi Joy Photography
- Floral: Alfa Flower and Wedding Shop
- Venue : War Memorial Center
- DJ/Photo Booth: Rhythm in Motion
- Hotel: Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Quick Facts – War Memorial Wedding:
- Number of Guests: 180
- Ceremony/Reception: War Memorial
- Total Costs: $20,325
Wedding Essentials ($4,225):
- Invitations/Stationery: $330
- Cake: $215
- Flowers: $1,480
- Photography: $2,200
Reception and Ceremony Costs ($11,800):
- Ceremony/Reception: $2,000
- DJ/Photo Booth: $1,900
- Officiant: $0 (friend)
- Drinks: $2,000
- Food: 5,900
Attire, Jewelry and Beauty ($1,525):
- Dress: $250
- Groom’s Attire: $400
- Rings: $375
- Hair and Make-up: $500
Other Costs ($2,775):
- Transportation: $150 (Hilton shuttle for guests)
- Rehearsal Dinner: $1,000
- Wedding Party Gifts: $275
- Favors: $400
- Hotel Suite $150
- Engagement Party: $800
Honeymoon ($1,350 – Not Included in Total)
- Jeeping and Hiking in Utah and Colorado: $1,350
A Note from the Bride and Groom
We asked the bride and groom to tell us about their planning and budgeting process, and this is what they had to say:
The Kid-Friendly Theme:
Overall, Miller and I wanted to have a fun wedding. Having invited many families, there were going to be many children. We choose a Star Wars theme after we found light sabers as wedding favors. We incorporated Star Wars music in our ceremony and reception, and even had Star Wars themed cakes!
The dance floor was ablaze with the excitement of the children and colorful light sabers! Thankfully, there were no injuries with all the running around, just tired children (and parents) at the end of the night!
I was impressed with all my vendors coordinating amongst themselves. Once a change was made, it was quickly shared with the entire group! Jennifer from the War Memorial, Jessica from All Occasions Catering, Heidi the Photographer and Bill from Rhythm in Motion were all communicating, which made it really simple for us! Thank you all!
We choose the Milwaukee War Memorial for a few reasons, the first being this is where we went during our first date. Miller and I are both in the Army Reserve, so the War Memorial had a significance to us.
We also loved the fact that we could have the Ceremony and Reception in one location. Ideally we wanted to have the ceremony outside to showcase Lake Michigan, but the weather did not cooperate. Jennifer Wallner, the Event Coordinator from the War Memorial, had Plan A, B, and C for Ceremony Locations, which we would decide on the day of. We went with Plan C, Inside.
Planning from a distance, I used online searches to find Heidi Joy Photography. Her website had great pictures, including one with a Bride and her dog. Having two dogs myself, I loved that.
When talking with Heidi, I mentioned that particular picture, and she said that her package included a free engagement photoshoot. Trouble was, I had moved to Colorado Springs, and not in Milwaukee any longer. She said no worries…she was coming to Denver, and we could meet out there!
Heidi found a great location and took amazing pictures of Miller and his two sons, Elijah and Tyler, and my two dogs, Luna and Dakota. We used the pictures for the wedding invitations.
The DJ and Photo Booth:
I found Rhythm in Motion from an online search as well. Again, his website had pictures of other events, with the kind of celebration we were looking for, fun and exciting. Bill and I coordinated music and planning prior to the event, he even worked with Heidi Joy Photography as well, so it made the event run seamlessly.
I didn’t have to worry about anything, Bill kept the day flowing. From ceremony, to reception, and finally the dancing, he reacted before I even knew there was an issue. I had many people ask for the play list after the event. His research process prior to the event brought to life the party I envisioned.
When celebrating at the War Memorial, there is a list of vetted caterers allowed. We were extremely excited to see that All Occasions Catering topped the list. I had worked with them when coordinating work picnics and holiday luncheons, and was always impressed with their food and service. The food was fantastic; no one went home hungry!
– The Bride and Groom
A BIG thanks to the bride and groom for sharing their awesome War Memorial Wedding wedding and to Heidi Joy Photography for the photos!
If you’re currently working on your wedding budget, make sure to read through our previous articles featuring real Milwaukee wedding cost breakdowns.